Texan Brings Wind, Natural Gas Campaign to Topeka

By: 13 News
By: 13 News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ TOPEKA, Kan. - Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has brought his effort to increase the use of wind and natural gas to Kansas.

Pickens, who got rich in the oil industry, says America must change its addiction to foreign oil. He's spending 58 million dollars to promote his Pickens Plan'' with a series of town hall meetings across the Great Plains, starting today in Topeka. It was streamed live here on wibw.com this afternoon.

Pickens says Kansas is in a corridor from the Texas panhandle to North Dakota that could produce 20 percent of the nation's electricity by wind. Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a longtime advocate of alternatives energy sources, was scheduled to introduce Pickens at the inaugural town hall meeting this afternoon.

Why Topeka?

McKay said, "Kansas is a great state for wind energy.''

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

T. Boone Pickens
Brian Quick
Reporting via Twitter at Kansas Expocentre.
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